The Westley Middle School careers education programme provides our students with the opportunity to plan and manage their careers effectively, ensuring progression which is ambitious and aspirational. It promotes equality of opportunity, celebrates diversity and challenges stereotypes. It is designed to meet the Gatsby benchmarks and conforms to statutory requirements.
Westley Middle School is committed to providing all students in Years 7 and 8 with a careers programme which is embedded into the curriculum and includes a variety of enrichment activities. The programme has been developed in line with the eight Gatsby benchmarks for ensuring best practice and to meet the requirements of the Department for Education’s statutory guidance 2018.
The Gatsby Benchmarks
A stable careers programme
Learning from career and labour market information
Careers provision is mapped against the Gatsby benchmarks. The current careers programme is delivered through a combination of methods, including explicit lessons provided within the taught PSHE programme in Years 5 and Year 7.
Several special events are held and joint ventures with County Upper School, West Suffolk College and other schools in the Unity Schools Partnership
All staff contribute to the implementation of this policy through their role as tutors and as subject specialists. Subject specialists embed careers into their subject area. A range of connections between Higher education providers and employers are forged and developed to support the curriculum through KS3 to 5.
Mrs F Hart : SLT lead and strategic lead for careers
Built into the careers programme are opportunities for students to self-evaluate and reflect on their learning at key points. Students develop a profile through which their activities and skills development can be recorded and monitored by staff including form tutors and the careers coordinator.
Every pupil with SEND follows the same programme of careers as their peers, with adaption and support from the SEND team where appropriate.
Students with SEND have regular reviews with the SEND lead to support their career aspirations. Students can self-refer and form tutors are also able to raise concerns. If current provision cannot fully address a pupil’s additional need, advice will be sought from the National Careers Service.
The SENDCO meets with parents/careers to discuss the individuals needs.
Entitlement · Please see Appendix A outlining pupil and parent entitlement.
We work closely with local employers and other schools to look at the best opportunities to support our students. A number of events, integrated into the school careers programme, offer providers an opportunity to come into school to speak to students and/or their parents. In addition, we work closely with universities and the local FE College. We always strive to expand and improve our contacts.